Melaleuca nesophila Myrtaceae
Pink Melaleuca, Showy Honey-myrtle, Western Tea Myrtle me-luh-LOO-ka nee-soh-FY-luh
- Evergreen shrub or small tree to about 20 ft tall and 12 ft wide (6 m x 3.6 m), forms an asymmetrical
greyish-white frame Bark is thick and spongy and peels off in broad strips. Leaves are
small, to about 2.5 cm, bright green, elliptic to oblong-obovate. Flowers in terminal pompon-like
clusters, 2.5 cm across, lavender to rose pink; appear in late spring through summer.
- Sun, tolerant of ocean winds and salt spray, grows in rocky soil, drought tolerant when established.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 9 Native to the coastal districts of southern Western Australia.
- nesophila: island (neso) loving or friendly (phila).
- UC Santa Cruz Botanical Garden